I as of late checked on the Meister Hand-Winding dress watch from Junghans and was intrigued by its value/quality proportion. The German maker has been creating watches since 1866 (established in 1861), so it’s among the most seasoned enrolled watch companies on the planet. To say Junghans knows some things about creating watches is putting it mildly, and it has stayed consistent with their establishing standards of mass delivering watches in the most practical manner conceivable. The previously mentioned Meister dress watch comes in at just USD 120 in excess of a comparable Farer Hudson from a microbrand of a couple of years. History and provenance have genuine worth with regards to watches, and Junghans splendidly shows limitation with regards to valuing. The watch I’m inspecting now is another in their Meister line that separates itself with a remarkable dial and highlights that draw motivation from a mid twentieth century vehicle. How about we investigate the Junghans Meister Driver Handaufzug .
The love of vehicles returns to the company’s unique family. Arthur Junghans, child of company author Erhard Junghans, bought one of the primary test vehicles from Daimler in 1892. The company additionally delivered vehicle clocks (speed estimating gadgets in the good ‘ol days) and the current proprietors, Hans-Jochem Steim and Hannes Steim, gather those as well as are exemplary vehicle lovers also. This energy helped shape the Meister Driver Handaufzug and the plan motivation came from the 1932 German Maybach DS8 Zeppelin. This wasn’t your common vehicle some time ago, more likened to an Aston Martin Rapide S or Rolls-Royce Phantom today. The enormous twelve-chamber motor was applauded as being among the most remarkable at that point (it could reach over 100mph) and a “more youthful brother” to the Maybach Zeppelin carrier motors. Innovative advances in the transmission and grasp framework separated the vehicle considerably more. Just 25 unique vehicles stay in presence today.
The plan and coachwork (by eminent coachbuilder Hermann Spohn) were best in class, and tender loving care was foremost. The exemplary speedometer esthetic and outside shading are restored in the dial and tie, and albeit the watch imparts a case and development to the Meister Hand-Winding dress watch, it should be from an alternate line altogether. The Meister Driver Handaufzug is fun and loaded with character, and brings a vintage dashing vibe that vehicle fans will appreciate. Is it still a dress watch? Maybe, in spite of the fact that it’s definitely not saved and will without a doubt cause to notice itself in the event that it escapes from under a sleeve. It would be comfortable with a T-shirt and pants as well.
Case and Design
This is a vintage-propelled watch and both the case and precious stone address that. At just 37.7mm in distance across, the cleaned treated steel case fortunately doesn’t have bigger, more current extents. It’s only 7.3mm in tallness too, so while I wouldn’t exactly call it super flimsy (however, it’s not a long way from being that), it will effectively sneak by the most impenetrable of sleeves. As referenced in my survey of the dress watch, this model wears greater than the 37.7mm breadth proposes. While a comparable piece like the Farer Hudson at 37mm wears a digit little (feeling like a 35mm case), the Meister Driver Handaufzug felt more like 39mm. That doesn’t seem like a very remarkable contrast, however practically speaking it is.
I had reprimanded the Meister Hand-Winding dress watch for having an acrylic precious stone rather than sapphire. It’s an advanced dress watch, all things considered, and appropriate for continuous or day by day wear. Plexiglas is simply excessively inclined to scratches for my liking (even with the SICRALAN covering to make it more sturdy). That assessment has changed with the Driver. The acrylic completes its vintage vibe and albeit inconspicuous, mirrors the light distinctively and contorts the dial at sharp points. This is one of those uncommon cases in which I really incline toward Plexiglas to sapphire. Some will in any case discover it polarizing to discover “plastic” on a watch costing north of EUR 1,000, yet at times craftsmanship needs to best science, so to speak.
The case has a show back with mineral glass that is stronger than the primary gem. In plain view is an enriched, hand-wound development, which is equivalent to establish on the dress watch. The crown is stepped with the company’s eight-point star logo and doesn’t screw down, so the case is simply water-impervious to 30m. Downpour and sprinkles are fine however abstain from swimming. It’s enlivened by a vintage vehicle, not an antique boat.
Dial and hands
The dial is the thing that truly separates this piece and isolates it from the dressier pieces in the Meister line. There are really two distinct models, one having a dark dial and cream sub-dial (and numerals) with a dim leather tie. I have the piece with a cream dial and sub-dial, and dim external moment track with white numerals. A white hour track with dark printed numerals traverses the peripheral border. My form, specifically, takes after a vintage speedometer and the cream coordinates the outside paint of the exemplary vehicle. The numerals are loaded up with a white iridescent paint that the company says is harmless to the ecosystem (and surely not radioactive as in the past).
The seconds sub-dial is at 6 o’clock and has a dark hand and dark printed numerals at 60, 15, 30 and 45. The moment and hour hands are dark and comparative in style to the seconds hand, and both have similar white brilliant material as the numerals. The company’s name and logo are printed at the top, with MADE IN GERMANY at the base (separated by the 30 numeral). The dial sounds rather basic, yet it’s outwardly striking and has a more enduring effect than numerous dials that are more complicated. The Meister Driver Handaufzug may impart DNA to the Meister dress watch, however these are two altogether different siblings.
Like the Meister Hand-Winding dress watch, the Meister Driver Handaufzug has a hand-wound J815.1 development, in light of the ETA 7001 Peseux type. Handaufzug is really German for “hand-wound.” The development has 17 gems, beats at 21,600vph (3Hz), has sub-dial seconds over 6 o’clock and a 42-hour power hold. It’s appraised at +/ – 12 seconds out of every day, except I found the middle value of under 10 seconds quick each day. It is anything but a confirmed chronometer, yet precise enough for most aficionados. It’s a basic development without a programmed rotor or complications, and therefore exceptionally dainty at just 2.5mm in stature. This permits the case to be well under 8mm.
When saw from the mineral glass caseback, the development is brightened with Côtes de Genève (connects) and blued screws. It doesn’t have the complexity of a chronograph however is outwardly engaging nonetheless.
The 20mm cream leather tie coordinates the inward dial and unique outside shade of the Maybach DS8 Zeppelin that enlivened it. It has a tempered steel clasp with JUNGHANS stepped on the end, and the leather has coordinating cream sewing. The insignificant cushioning likewise compliments the slight 7.3mm case well. There are holes on the back that don’t penetrate through the front yet assist it with breathing the wrist.
Similar to the tie on the Meister dress watch, it’s comfortable out of the crate without requiring a break-in period. My solitary complaint would be the size. I have little wrists and the lash is one opening shy of fitting appropriately. It actually chips away at my wrist, yet I think that its simply excessively free. That being said, I could never supplant it as the one of a kind tone is an essential piece of the in general package.
I making the most of my experience with the Meister Hand-Wound dress watch half a month prior, yet would just wear it on more conventional events. There’s nothing amiss with that as it wasn’t seeking to be something besides a proper piece. Albeit the Meister Driver Handaufzug has a similar case and development, its dial and lash are exceptional and unmistakable enough that I’d cheerfully wear it consistently. It works with both a suit at the office and T-shirt on the sea shore and is slight and light enough to dissolve away on your wrist. The shiny Plexiglas gem is really a master this time (a con on the dress model) and I get a kick out of looking at it each time I’m driving. Rarely a straightforward watch can have a particularly visual effect, however the plan group at Junghans hit this one out of the park.
The Meister Driver Handaufzug sells for EUR 1,170 (USD 1,295), which is more than some other watches with a similar ETA 7001 Peseux type, yet reasonable for what’s being offered. The novel plan, tender loving care and history of the company make an EUR 100 – 200 distinction genuinely ostensible, and it’s likely the nearest you’ll at any point get to claiming a mid twentieth century supercar. You can buy a Meister Driver Handaufzug from Junghans’ site (and here for US clients) or at a partaking retailer. Junghans offers a two-year guarantee on its mechanical watches.